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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

Classes
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Business Insights: Essentials

Learn to research and analyze companies to obtain competitor intelligence and access in-depth industry profiles using this database.

Members Only - Free

First Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, February 03, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

1st Tuesday TED Talk Discussion

Alessandra Orofino: It's our city. Let's fix it.

Come watch this pre-recorded TED video in which Alessandra Orofino talks about fixing our cities using a mix of tech and old-fashioned human connection.

Members Only - Free
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CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 06, 2015 - 6:00pm

North Dallas Forty (1979)

February 2015 - Nick Nolte: Rough Cut

This biting, inside-the-huddle exposé of the exploitation of NFL players remains one of the greatest sports movies ever made.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, February 09, 2015 - 12:00pm

Frog Music

by Emma Donoghue


Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first.

Members Only - Free
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Classes
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Investment Information on the Web

Attendees will learn how to access free and authoritative investment information focused on publicly traded companies, covering stocks, mutual funds, and industry surveys. We’ll explore company profiles, corporate developments and earnings prospects, valuation, stock rating services and screeners, trading statistics and financial reports.

Members Only - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics

An evening with author Monika Trobits

Abraham Lincoln would have turned 206 this year. Join local author, walking tour docent, and Mechanics’ Institute member Monika Trobits on Lincoln's birthday for an illustrated presentation featuring readings from her book recently published by The History Press. She will include a bit of trivia about San Francisco and California during the antebellum and Civil War eras.

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

Afterglow (1997)

February 2015 - Nick Nolte: Rough Cut

Nolte and Christie are simply wonderful in this poignant, grown-up fable of two unhappily married couples whose paths cross.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Fiction You Wish You Had Read
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

by James Joyce


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a semi-autobiographical novel by James Joyce, first serialized in The Egoist from 1914 to 1915 and published in book form in 1916. It depicts the formative years in the life of Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and a pointed allusion to the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology, Daedalus.

Members Only - Free
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Classes
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Outlook Basics

This class teaches the fundamentals of Microsoft Outlook. Learn how to add contacts to the address book, schedule appointments in the calendar, compose and send messages, and work with email attachments.

Members Only - Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

On Track: A Field Guide to San Francisco’s Streetcars and Cable Cars

Rick Laubscher in conversation with Ratna Amin

San Francisco just wouldn't be the same without its colorful streetcars and cable cars. These vintage forms of public transit are not only practical ways to explore the City—they are a unique fleet of traveling museums. Part travel guide, part civic and engineering history, this lively book provides the remarkable stories behind each vehicle and examines the impact the fleet has on San Francisco’s infrastructure and demographics.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Members of Market Street Railway Free
Members of SPUR Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Forgotten Classics
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man’s Hunger in His Youth

by Thomas Wolfe
Members Only - Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978)

February 2015 - Nick Nolte: Rough Cut

A cynical Vietnam vet is conned by a fellow ex-Marine into smuggling heroin in a crackling, downbeat thriller.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Monday, February 23, 2015 - 6:00pm

Mechanics’ Institute Tour @ Night

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar is the premier source of unbiased information for thousands of mutual funds, and a respected source of information on stocks. Learn the three different ways of utilizing Morningstar Investment Research Center.

Members Only - Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

48 Hrs. (1982)

February 2015 - Nick Nolte: Rough Cut

A no-nonsense San Francisco cop pairs up with a wisecracking con man to catch a psychotic killer in this smart, exciting buddy movie.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Thursday, March 05, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Beatles and Their Songs: A Musical Revolution

With musicologist Dulais Rhys

Come celebrate the Beatles’ contribution to 20th century popular music with musicologist Dulais Rhys in this exciting lecture/slide show/sing-a-long event. Quiet screaming and banner waving encouraged!

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, March 09, 2015 - 12:00pm

The 13th Juror

by John Lescroart


The pressure is on for Dismas Hardy when an abused woman is accused of killing her husband and child in cold blood. Only Dismas believes she's innocent. However, faith alone won't be enough to save her unless Dismas takes one terrifying risk to keep her alive.

Members Only - Free
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Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

The Proust Group: In Search of Lost Time

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Book Group Meetings - Proust - World Literature
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

World Literature Group

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Book Group Meetings - Fiction You Wish You Had Read
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

1984

by George Orwell

1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic "negative Utopia" - a startling original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from the first sentence to the last four words.

Members Only - Free
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Book Group Meetings - Proust - In Search of Lost Time
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 5:30pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

The Proust Group: In Search of Lost Time

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Book Group Meetings - Proust - World Literature
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 6:45pm

The Proust Society of America: San Francisco Chapter

World Literature Group

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, Mechanics’ Institute offers two bi-weekly discussion groups, on a semester basis. The new semester begins on March 11.

Members $70
Public $100

Activities
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 9:30am

2015 San Francisco Scholastic Chess Championship

This championship will let aspiring young chess players compete for prizes, trophies, and the respect of their peers!

Free

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 6:00pm

Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast

An evening with author Mark Anthony Wilson

Between 1909 and 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a total of 36 structures on 28 sites along the West Coast, from Southern California to Seattle. Other than the Main County Civic Center and the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, most of these buildings are not known to the general public. Architectural historian Mark A. Wilson covers these little known buildings and more in his new book Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast.

Members Free
Public $15